Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel has completed his move to Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Teda from Chelsea. Only a few weeks ago, the Blues completed the sale of Oscar to Shanghai SIPG, and have now let go of another player to China.
It is understood that Mikel was in advanced talks with Marseille and was contemplating over a switch to Valencia, but a lucrative £140,000-per-week deal proved to be sufficient to make the midfielder move to the Asian continent.
The 29-year-old had failed to make a single appearance under manager Antonio Conte, and moving to China could be the ideal thing for the player to do at this stage of his career. Mikel will always be held in high regard by the Chelsea fans as he won the Champions League, Premier League, League Cup and the FA Cup with the Blues.
On his way out, Mikel penned an emotional letter to the Chelsea fans thanking them for the support they have given him throughout all the tough times. Take a look:
A letter to my Chelsea family. 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/FhcUyq3iaV
— Mikel John Obi (@mikel_john_obi) January 6, 2017